Where is Nancy Drew filmed? The Claw restaurant location in Horseshoe Bay

Nancy Drew filming location
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The Nancy Drew series is a new adaptation based on the stories of the adventurous character created by Edward Stratemeyer in 1930. The CW Network production develops the story of a murder mystery, that 18-year-old Nancy (played by young actress Kennedy McMann) will try to solve.

This updated version of the detective girl is not set in the fictional nowhere town of River Heights (although Nancy's house street is River Heights Dr). The series is happening in the atmospheric Horseshoe Bay in Maine, although Nancy Drew was filmed in Horseshoe Bay, British Columbia, and Vancouver. Obviously the new show has been influenced by the universe and the filming locations where Riverdale is filmed.

The Claw Restaurant Location
The lobster shack The Claw was filmed in an empty restaurant at Sunset Marina, located on the Sea to Sky Highway. The small lighthouse was added to the set. This road that goes all the way from Vancouver to Whistler, is a scenic drive with stunning views over the Spectacular Howe Sound.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Where is Horseshoe Bay located?

Horseshoe Bay Location
Horseshoe Bay is a small village in the district municipality of West Vancouver. Aerial shots were filmed in this community located at the Sea-to-Sky Highway southern end. Image courtesy of The CW and Brad-514 - Map


Horseshoe Bay Nancy Drew
The real Horseshoe Bay has a small pier and a busy ferry terminal from where you can explore the fjords and wildlife around Vancouver. This scene pictured from the pilot episode was filmed near Sewell's Marina lookout. Image courtesy of The CW and Google Maps


TV series Location
The building pictured is the local Starbucks, located opposite the seafront in Royal Ave.
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Police Department Shooting Location
The Horseshoe Bay Police Department exteriors were filmed in Port Coquitlam City Hall. Many series and films take place in fictional towns, like Netflix Sex Education Moordale or the Elden village of Marianne.
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Nancy Drew Vancouver
The Seawater Festival from the second episode was shot at Garry Point Park in Steveston, near the Kuno Garden. The AppleTV show Home Before Dark were also filmed here in Steveston, appearing in the series as the fictional town of Erie Harbor. You can find all the locations in our post: Where was Home Before Dark filmed? Image courtesy of The CW and Google Maps


Nancy Drew drehort
The mansion of Owen Marvin's charity gala from episode 5 'The Case of the Wayward Spirit', is the Cecil Green Park House from the University of British Columbia. The Lakeview Upload Hotel of the 2020 Amazon series is also set here in this location. And also you may wonder, where was Bly Manor filmed - Scenes in a house of the Netflix horror drama were also shot here. Image courtesy of The CW and Google Maps


Velvet Masque club
The staircase of the Velvet Masque Club, where the auction of episode 6 'The Mystery of Blackwood Lodge' takes place, is Riverview Mental Hospital in Coquitlam. The Larkspur Lane Sanitarium was also filmed in one of the buildings of this large complex. Image courtesy of The CW and Google Maps

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9 comments
  1. Is The Claw restaurant from the Nancy Drew 2019 tv series the same location as Boathouse Grill from The Secret Circle 2011 tv series?

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    1. Good catch. There are some differences but it looks like it is. I couldn't find an exact address other than both are listed as properties in Sunset Marina.

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    2. I thought that too!! And found this article trying to confirm it...

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  2. I have been wondering if they were the same location for the past few episodes and I found a page with some pictures of it. https://thesecretcircle.fandom.com/wiki/Boathouse_Bar_and_Grill

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  3. It is the same location. I’ve been to this marina many times and watched the circle but didn’t even realized until I saw these pictures

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  4. I am Security for Sunset Marina, the Film Location of The Bayside Claw. Let it be known, this is PRIVATE PROPERTY. So if anyone assumes that they are going to come down and take pictures of the film location, think again.. The owners of the marina do not allow it.

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    1. why not make this a revenue stream potential. Charge to visit this location...nominal fee for tourists to visit and tour, take pics. Don't be so adversarial. Embellish this opportunity

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  5. Why pretend they are in Maine & really in Canada?

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  6. The larkspur mental institution is the same location used for sisters of quiet mercy from riverdale and used on supernatural as a mental institution (I cant remember the name off the top of my head im sorry). Also, same location used on the tv show Psych the musical episode! 😁😁.....if I'm wrongly informed please by all means correct my comment! But yeah I looked it up a few weeks ago when I rewatched riverdale again and noticed the building lol!

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